Prof. Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director
Prof. Gagandeep Kang, Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory (WTRL), and Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, has taken charge as the new Executive Director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, on Aug. 16, 2016. Over the past 20 years, Prof. Kang has built a strong inter-disciplinary research and training program, where young faculty and graduate students are mentored before embarking on independent research careers. She leads a multi-disciplinary research team that conducts comprehensive and complementary studies in the description, prevention and control of diarrheal disease using state-of-the-art tools in the laboratory, hospital and the field.
Prof. Kang is an Associate Editor for PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases and Tropical Medicine and International Health, and serves on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Reports as well. She is a Council Member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases and an Independent Director of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council. Her expertise in vaccines is underlined by her membership of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, the WHO's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, and the WHO's Immunization and Vaccine Implementation Research Advisory Committee, as well as chairing the WHO SEAR's Immunization Technical Advisory Group.
Prof.Sudhanshu Vrati, Dean (Academics) and Head-VIDRC
Dr. Vrati did his M.Sc in Microbiology from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, DIIT in Biochemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and PhD in Biochemistry from the Australian National University in Canberra. He did his postdoctoral research at CSIRO Molecular Sciences in Sydney. His present research interest lies in the area of RNA virus replication and vaccine development. His group at the VIDRC focuses on key aspects of the JEV life-cycle like receptor binding and entry mechanisms, molecular mechanisms of virus replication, assembly and egress. Besides, his is involved in the clinical development of an oral rotavirus vaccine.
Dr. Shinjini Bhatnagar, Professor and Dean (Clinical Research)
Professor Shinjini Bhatnagar is a post graduate in Pediatrics and a PhD from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She served as Senior Research Scientist and Pediatric Gastroenterologist at the Department of Pediatrics, AIIMS. She specializes in the development of interventions for reducing neonatal and child morbidity and mortality. She heads PBC where her current interests are hypothesis driven and hypothesis generating studies to facilitate development of knowledge based interventions and public health tools for child health. Biological and non- biological risks of preterm birth and their clinical consequences is a study she has recently initiated. She also co-ordinates Center for Biodesign and Diagnostics (CBD), where she is focused on diagnostics and low cost health products for childhood diseases. In a collaborative program between PBC, CBD, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), AIIMS and an industry partner, a rapid point of care test for diagnosis of celiac disease (CD) is under development.
Dr. Kanury Rao, Adjunct Faculty and Head - DDRC
Dr. Kanury Rao obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from M.S. University, Vadodara, India in 1983. He did a short stint as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the Johns Hopkins University. He switched his interests to Biology, when he moved as a post-doctoral fellow to the Molecular Biology Institute in UCLA in early 1985. He joined the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in December of 1988 and initiated work on mechanisms regulating T-dependent humoral responses. His current focus of research is to use the tools in Systems and High-throughput biology to decipher the dynamics of host-pathogen interactions in human macrophages infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. His team is also engaged in developing novel approaches for chemotherapy, as well as in developing new vaccines against TB. A Fellow of several Academies, Dr. Rao has won The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Biological Sciences, in 1997.
Mr. M.V. Santo,
Head – Administration
Mr. Santo, is a HR and IR professional with a substantial blend of Public and Private enterprise experience. A graduate in Mathematics from Loyola College, Chennai, he also holds multiple Post-graduate Management Qualifications. A specialist in organization building, his contributions to THSTI are in all facets of administrative functions. He has built a team which contributes significantly to ensure seamless support to all aspects of scientific and academic activities at the Institute.